Leader, July 23 2021

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A massive congratulations to Campbeltown’s Steve Byrne who picked up the Regional Hero accolade for Kintyre at last Friday’s Argyll TSI Volunteer Awards.

Steve has been carrying out voluntary duties across a variety of community causes over the past 25 years and was rightly recognised for his efforts at last weekend’s online event.

Campbeltown Grammar School pupils Caitlin Collett, Casey McKenzie and Carla Smith were also nominated for the regional honour along with Cathie Duncan and Stuart McGeachy.

A total of 78 nominations were made across the nine categories with volunteers from all across Argyll and Bute picking up awards.

The high volume was unsurprising considering the immense contribution made by volunteers during the ‘pandemic era’.

These people, and those like Steve, who have selflessly served their communities for years, deserve all the plaudits we can give.

We would not have communities were it not for them. There would be no sport, no festivals, no litter picks and our vulnerable members would be largely neglected.

So next time you pass Steve, or one of our many other unassuming volunteers, let them know that their efforts do not go unnoticed.

We cannot thank them enough.